For someone who hasn’t had a chance to get out and compete much this year, Brandon Bingaman didn’t show many signs of rust. In fact, he showed zero signs of rust as the Apprentice Professional from The Bridges Golf Club in Montrose, CO posted back-to-back rounds of bogey-free 67 to win the 2017 National Car Rental Colorado Assistant Professional Championship on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
“I played really solid! I hit the ball so darn good but really didn’t make a ton of putts,” the former Colorado Mesa University golfer noted after the event. “I made a few good birdies and then just a bunch of two-putt birdies on the par-5.”
Bingaman wasn’t kidding in his recap of his rounds. He posted ten birdies over two days with seven of those coming on par-5’s.
Bingaman had a strong field to battle against to claim his victory. In all, twelve players finished the event in red numbers. The closest competitor that Bingaman faced was Hertiage Eagle Bend Golf and Country Club Assistant Professiona, Jack Allen. The 29 year old from Parker, CO open with a three-under-par 69 and matched Bingaman’s final round 67 to finish two strokes behind.
Pat Grady, an Assistant Coach for the University of Colorado Men’s Golf team was looking to repeat as champion after posting a victory at Legacy Ridge GC in 2016. After posting an opening five-under-par 67, Grady made three costly bogeys during his second round to take himself out of consideration for the championship. He did however rebound to make a fifteen foot eagle at the last to claim one of the last two qualifying spots for the National Car Rental Assistant Professional Championship coming up this fall. Also qualifying was Geoff Keffer, PGA Assistant Professional at the Greater Golfer Development Center in Park Hill, CO. Keffer was looking to become the first five-time winner of the event after having won in 2007 and then again from 2013-2015.